Flam, Norway - Overland to Voss on the Flam Railway

Fjord near Flam, Norway
••• Fjord near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison
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    Fjords of Norway - Sailing into Aurlandsfjord from Sognefjord on the Way to Flam

    Fjords of Norway - Sailing into Aurlandsfjord from Sognefjord on the Way to Flam, Norway
    ••• Fjords of Norway - Sailing into Aurlandsfjord from Sognefjord on the Way to Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Flam is located on the Aurlandsfjord, one of the fjords of Norway. Aurlandsfjord is an off-shoot of the longest Norwegian fjord Sognefjord, which stretches inland over 100 miles from the sea. Since the fjords of Norway have depths of up to 4000 feet, even large modern cruise ships can sail inland to quaint villages like Flam.​​

    Flam is often included as a cruise ship port of call because of the Flam Railway, which rises almost 3000 feet straight up the mountains to Myrdal, where it links to the Bergen-Oslo Railway. The train ride from Flam to Myrdal takes about an hour and includes 20 tunnels and panoramic views of the Norwegian mountains.

    Our "Overland to Voss, Tvinde, and Stalheim" tour from the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas started with a ride on the Flam Railway, followed by a second train to Voss. After lunch and time to explore Voss, we returned to the ship via bus, stopping at the Tvinde Waterfall and the Stalheim Hotel. It was a terrific way to see this part of...MORE Norway.

    Modern steering systems allow large cruise ships to navigate the narrow fjords of Norway. Winding for over 100 miles, Sognefjord is Norway's longest fjord.

    More Ports on the Fjords of Norway

    If this virtual tour around Flam has you excited about Norway, you should also check out the ports of BergenAlesund and Geiranger.

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    Norwegian Fjords - Aurlandsfjord near Flam, Norway

    Norwegian Fjords - Aurlandsfjord near Flam, Norway
    ••• Norwegian Fjords - Aurlandsfjord near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    The fog hangs low over this fjord of Norway. Isn't it lovely?

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    Waterfall - Flam to Voss Railway near the Fjords of Norway

    Waterfall - Flam to Voss Railway near the Fjords of Norway
    ••• Waterfall - Flam to Voss Railway near the Fjords of Norway. Linda Garrison

    One of the many waterfalls along the route of the Flam Railway. With over 20 tunnels and many vistas such as this one, it is a fantastic ride!

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    Village on the Flam Railway

    Village on the Flam Railway
    ••• Village on the Flam Railway. Linda Garrison

    The Flam Railway has 10 stops on the 3000-foot rise from Flam to Myrdal. This village is one of them.

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    Flam, Norway on Aurlandsfjord in Western Norway on the Fjords of Norway

    Flam, Norway on Aurlandsfjord in Western Norway on the Fjords of Norway
    ••• Flam, Norway on Aurlandsfjord in Western Norway on the Fjords of Norway. Linda Garrison

    View of the small village of Flam on Aurlandsfjord, one of the many fjords of Norway, from the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas cruise ship.

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    Sod Roof Cottage near Flam, Norway

    Sod Roof Cottage near Flam, Norway
    ••• Sod Roof Cottage near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Do you wonder if this small hut/cottage might be a sauna since it has a chimney?

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    Flam Railway near Flam, Norway

    Flam Railway near Flam, Norway
    ••• Flam Railway near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    The Flam Railway train curves around the mountain on the way to Myrdal. This scenic ride is a great way to see the coastal mountains of Norway.

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    View from the Flam Railway - Flam to Voss Train

    View from the Flam Railway - Flam to Voss Train
    ••• View from the Flam Railway - Flam to Voss Train. Linda Garrison

    The mountains of Norway are still patched with snow in June. The Flam Railway and the train from Myrdal to Voss feature many views such as this one.

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    Flam to Voss Railway near Flam, Norway

    Flam to Voss Railway near Flam, Norway
    ••• Flam to Voss Railway near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    View from the train on the way from Flam to the Myrdal junction.

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    View from the Train - Flam Railway - Flam to Voss, Norway

    View from the Train - Flam Railway - Flam to Voss, Norway
    ••• View from the Train - Flam Railway - Flam to Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    This lovely red barn and grazing horse on one side of the train were an interesting contrast to the snowy mountains and lakes on the other side.

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    Snow on the Mountains - Flam Railway

    Snow on the Mountains - Flam Railway
    ••• Snow on the Mountains - Flam Railway. Linda Garrison

    The mountain views from the Flam Railway and the train between Myrdal and Voss are beautiful.

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    Troll in Voss, Norway

    Troll in Voss, Norway
    ••• Troll in Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Every photo gallery from Norway has to include a picture of a troll! The "real" trolls are shy and can't be photographed.

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    Kjosfossen Waterfall - Flam Railway

    Kjosfossen Waterfall - Flam Railway
    ••• Kjosfossen Waterfall - Flam Railway. Linda Garrison

    The Flam Railway stops at the Kjosfossen Waterfall, which supplies the hydroelectric power for the railroad. The waterfall drops 305 feet.

    Be sure to look for the "dancing maiden" at the Kjosfossen Waterfall!

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    Myrdal Station on the Flam Railway

    Myrdal Station on the Flam Railway
    ••• Myrdal Station on the Flam Railway. Linda Garrison

    The Myrdal train station links the 12-mile Flam Railway to the main rail line connecting Oslo and Bergen. Those traveling to Voss from Flam change trains here.

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    Downtown Voss, Norway

    Downtown Voss, Norway
    ••• Downtown Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Voss is a small tourist town on the Bergen-Oslo railway. It's a great place for lunch on a shore excursion from Flam.

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    Church in Voss, Norway

    Church in Voss, Norway
    ••• Church in Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Voss is about 39 miles from Flam and features winter skiing and the Voss Church, which dates back to the 12th century. The church has 7-foot thick walls.

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    Tvinde Waterfall near Voss, Norway

    Tvinde Waterfall near Voss, Norway
    ••• Tvinde Waterfall near Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    The bus ride from Voss back to Flam stops for a few minutes at the lovely Tvinde Waterfall. Note for ladies - the restroom has a great view of the falls!

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    Tvinde Waterfall in Norway

    Tvinde Waterfall in Norway
    ••• Tvinde Waterfall in Norway. Linda Garrison

    Close-up view of the Tvinde Waterfall near Voss, Norway.

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    Vangs Lake in Voss, Norway

    Lake in Voss, Norway
    ••• Lake in Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    The residents of Flam and Voss had a bonfire set up to celebrate the summer solstice. Instead of on the fjord, this bonfire was on Vangs Lake in Voss.

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    Countryside near Voss, Norway

    Countryside near Voss, Norway
    ••• Countryside near Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    This green valley near Voss is a wonderful contrast to the snow-covered mountains nearby.

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    View of Naeroy Valley from Stalheim Hotel in Western Norway

    View of Naeroy Valley from Stalheim Hotel in Western Norway - Flam to Voss Shore Excursion
    ••• View of Naeroy Valley from Stalheim Hotel in Western Norway - Flam to Voss Shore Excursion. Linda Garrison

    The Stalheim Hotel features a marvelous view of the Naeroy Valley. It was difficult to decide which was better--the view or the delicious pastries served at the hotel!

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    Sod Roof on Norwegian Hut

    Sod Roof on Norwegian Hut
    ••• Sod Roof on Norwegian Hut. Linda Garrison

    Sod roofs always make great photos. This small hut sits on a small lake near Voss.

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    Fleischer's Hotel in Voss, Norway

    Fleischer's Hotel in Voss Norway
    ••• Fleischer's Hotel in Voss Norway. Linda Garrison

    The buffet lunch at Fleischer's is a nice break before taking time to explore the tourist village of Voss.

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    Norwegian River near Voss, Norway

    Norwegian River near Voss, Norway
    ••• Norwegian River near Voss, Norway. Linda Garrison

    This river was near the Tvinde Waterfall. Whitewater canoeing and kayaking are very popular in this part of Norway.

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    Peaceful Lake in Norway - Flam Shore Excursion

    Peaceful Lake in Norway - Flam Shore Excursion
    ••• Peaceful Lake in Norway - Flam Shore Excursion. Linda Garrison

    The bus ride from Voss back to Flam featured views of many lakes such as this one.

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    Summer Flowers at Stalheim Hotel in Norway

    Summer Flowers at Stalheim Hotel in Norway
    ••• Summer Flowers at Stalheim Hotel in Norway. Linda Garrison

    The cool Norwegian summers lead to bright flowers such as these at the Stalheim Hotel.

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    Sniper View of Naeroy Valley from German World War II Bunker at Stalheim Hotel

    Sniper View of Naeroy Valley from German World War II Bunker at Stalheim Hotel in Norway
    ••• Sniper View of Naeroy Valley from German World War II Bunker at Stalheim Hotel in Norway. Linda Garrison

    German soldiers had this view of the Naeroy Valley from one of the bunkers at the Stalheim Hotel.

    Stalheim first became an overnight stopover in 1647 when the Oslo – Bergen postal route was completed. The Stalheim Hotel was built in 1885 and was occupied by the Germans during World War II.

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    German World War II Bunker at the Stalheim Hotel in Norway

    German World War II Bunker at the Stalheim Hotel in Norway
    ••• German World War II Bunker at the Stalheim Hotel in Norway. Linda Garrison

    Because of its strategic mountaintop location overlooking the Naeroy Valley, Germans occupied the historic Stalheim Hotel during World War II.

    This bunker is a solemn reminder of the occupation of Norway by Germany during World War II.

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    Summer Solstice Bonfire Setup in Flam, Norway

    Summer Solstice Bonfire in Flam, Norway
    ••• Summer Solstice Bonfire in Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    Norwegians light huge bonfires to celebrate the summer solstice--the longest day of the year. The sun is up for about 20 hours in Flam during June.

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    Flower Garden in Norway at Stalheim Hotel

    Flower Garden in Norway at Stalheim Hotel
    ••• Flower Garden in Norway at Stalheim Hotel. Linda Garrison
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    Hairpin Turns on Stalheims-kleivane, the Steepest Road in Norway

    Hairpin Turns on Stalheimskleivane, the Steepest Road in Norway
    ••• Hairpin Turns on Stalheimskleivane, the Steepest Road in Norway. Linda Garrison

    The steep road from the Stalheim Hotel back to Flam includes daring hairpin turns and numerous switchbacks. It's quite exciting when two buses meet!

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    Waterfall at Flam, Norway in the Aurlandsfjord

    Waterfall at Flam, Norway in the Aurlandsfjord
    ••• Waterfall at Flam, Norway in the Aurlandsfjord. Linda Garrison

    The waterfalls along the fjords of Norway are spectacular. This one was very near the village of Flam on the Aurlandsfjord (off Sognefjord).

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    Aurlandsfjord Waterfall near Flam, Norway

    Aurlandsfjord Waterfall near Flam, Norway (c) Linda Garrison
    ••• Aurlandsfjord Waterfall near Flam, Norway. Linda Garrison

    This waterfall photo has some surprises! Can you see the kayakers along the bottom of the cliff?

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    Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord

    Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord
    ••• Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord. Linda Garrison

    Sailing away from Flam along the Sognefjord on the way to the sea.

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    Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord

    Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord
    ••• Fjords of Norway - Sognefjord. Linda Garrison

    Here's a last view of some of the waterfalls as the Jewel of the Seas sails along the Sognefjord.

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    Sognefjord Bridge - Fjords of Norway

    Sognefjord Bridge - Fjords of Norway
    ••• Sognefjord Bridge - Fjords of Norway. Linda Garrison

    Cruise ships feature marvelous views of the Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord as they sail between the Norwegian Sea and Flam.